Melesina strikes for Fahey

Melesina struck gold on her eighth start when taking Group Three honours in the Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville.

Richard Fahey: Win in France

The Richard Fahey-trained filly, owned by Nick Bradley Racing, battled past long-time leader Turf Laurel to score by a length and a quarter.

Harry Dunlop's Assanilka, the other British-trained challenger, was fifth of the eight runners.

Bradley was delighted Melesina, who was eighth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, had justified the faith of connections.

"We always thought she was the best of the lot, but things never panned out her way," he said.

"Things had probably conspired against, but today all went right. She only cost 22,000 guineas and you don't normally get a Dark Angel for that.

"She's a battler, puts her head down and tries, and won that easily."

He added: "I don't know what next. We might think about there Breeders' Cup, but certainly one of the Guineas next year. The ground might be too fast for her in America, I think she wants a bit of cut in the ground. It was good ground today.

"There's not much left for her. There is a Group Three back in France in a couple of weeks over seven furlongs."

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